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Hovercraft shipped for Colombia

The Colombian Navy begin hovercraft operations


Griffon Hoverwork recently won a contract with the Colombian Navy, to supply eight 2000TD hovercraft. The first three were shipped to Colombia at the beginning of September, on time and on target for acceptance at the end of the month. The Colombian's are now operating the craft, which have been deployed along Colombia's shallow water rivers to combat insurgencies and drug trafficking, operating in units known as River Warfare Amphibious Elements.

Colombian Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said ''This will allow our marines to access the more remote and difficult areas like jungle rivers and creeks.''

This order comes close on the heels of the Peruvian Navy adding to their existing fleet with an order for another five 2000TD hovercraft. The 12.7m high speed fully amphibious craft is the most popular craft in the Griffon Hoverwork range, offering a payload of 2000kg or fifteen fully equipped commandos, they can operate at speeds in excess of 40 knots. The craft is able to transport marines across shallow water on to beaches or further inland as required. They provide stable weapons and surveillance platforms, even whilst the craft is manoeuvring. Equipped with the latest thermal imaging, navigation and communications equipment, these vehicles can operate with ease over the shallow water, rivers, vegetation and rapids of the Amazonian regions.

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